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Azerbaijan: Disbarment of human rights lawyer Irada Javadova

June 29, 2018

Irada Javadova

On 14 June 2018, human rights lawyer Irada Javadova appealed the Presidium of the Bar Association’s decision to disbar her. She had been disbarred on 11 June 2018.

Irada Javadova is a human rights lawyer who was involved in many resonant cases, including working on numerous violations of citizens’ property rights and violations against political activists and human rights defenders. She is the former head of NGO “Human Rights Education”.





Azerbaijan: example of ‘sophisticated’ harassment of human rights lawyers



Azerbaijan/Kazakhstan/Ukraine: Side Event: Defenceless defenders: addressing the attacks on lawyers in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Ukraine

June 22, 2018

This side event at the Human Rights Council takes place on Tuesday, 26 June, 14:00-15:00, room XXVII of the Palais des Nations.  It is organized by the ICJ and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI).

In recent years, lawyers have increasingly been targeted across the world including Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Attempts to impede the work of lawyers through arbitrary disbarments and other disciplinary procedures, criminal or administrative proceedings, physical attacks or intimidation have become an unfortunate new normality in many lawyers’ work.

Lawyers are too often identified with their clients’ cause or specifically targeted in violation of their right to freedom of expression. This side event will discuss challenges faced by lawyers in defending human rights in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.

Moderator: Róisín Pillay, ICJ Europe and CIS Programme Director


  • Helene Santos, Senior Fellow–UN Liaison Officer in Geneva for the IBAHRI
  • Fariz Namazov, Lawyer, Member of the Azerbaijan Bar Association
  • Hanna Boryak, Lawyer, Chair of the Committee for the Protection of Advocates’ Rights and advocacy at the Ukrainian National Bar Association
  • Iurii Grygorenko, Lawyer, member of the Committee for the Protection of Advocates’ Rights and Advocacy at the Ukrainian National Bar Association
  • Temur Shakirov, ICJ Senior Legal Adviser Europe and CIS Programme


#HRC38 | Side Event at UN Geneva on « Defenceless #defenders: addressing the attacks on #lawyers in #Azerbaijan#Kazakhstan and #Ukraine » organised by the International Commission of Jurists and International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute

(Red Internacional de Derechos Humanos 26/6/18)

Azerbaijan: Bar Association Terminates Powers of Irada Javadova

June 12, 2018

Bar Association Terminates Powers of Irada Javadova

Authorities continue to get rid of inconvenient lawyers. Another victim is a well-known lawyer Irada Javadova.

So, the Presidium of the Bar Association announced the termination of the authority of Irada Javadova and sent the appeal to the court on June 11. In the message spread in this connection it is said that the reason for this was a complaint of a certain citizen whose name is not disclosed.

“Complainant K.M. stated that Irada Javadova, without his consent and without concluding an agreement with him, wrote a complaint to the Interior Ministry about the illegal detention of the complainant in the Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and reported this to the press.

The complainant argues that the information is untrue and offends his honor and dignity. He asks the Bar to take action against Javadova,” the report said.

According to the same source, the complaint was examined at the Disciplinary Commission of the Presidium and the lawyer was taken an explanatory note. According to the Commission, Javadova was unable to confirm information about her client, transferred without his consent to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the media.

Javadova herself has not yet made any statements on this matter.

It should be noted that in recent years, the authorities have been hunting for lawyers defending political activists and speaking in cases before the European Court of Human Rights. Thus, the officials dismissed such well-known and active lawyers as Namizad Safarov, Khalid Baghirov, Aslan Ismayilov, Alaif Hasanov, Elchin Namazov, Yalchin Imanov, Farhad Mehdiyev, Muzaffar Bakhshaliyev, Annaghi Hajibeyli, and Intigam Aliyev.

The authorities are trying to give a legal form to such actions, which cause sharp criticism of international organizations. Such a policy of official Baku is regarded as the suppression of rights and freedoms of citizens, denial of their ability to defend themselves in the courts and frank reprisals against those who do not agree with the policy of the authorities.







http://www.idhae.org/OBSAV-fr-wewsazer181206.htm (FRANCAIS)

Azerbaijan/USA: The case of Emin Aslan in Azerbaijan

June 11, 2018

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Today I submitted the following questions to High Representative Federica Mogherini following the continued detention of human rights lawyer and activist Emin Aslan in Azerbaijan.

On June 4th 2018 human rights lawyer Emin Aslan, an Azeri national, returned to Azerbaijan after finishing his studies in the United States. After crossing the border, seemingly without difficulties, he was taken by security forces in Baku. He was subsequently sentenced to 30 days in administrative detention for ‘disobeying the police’. His appeal was denied on Friday.

His arrest comes on top of a crackdown on human rights defenders and Azeri civil society as a whole, which started prior to and now continues after President Aliyev’s re-election last April.

  • Is the HR/VP aware of Mr Aslan’s detention and if so, will she not only condemn his arrest but also discuss his case with Azeri authorities at the highest possible level and at the earliest possible opportunity?







https://www.azadliq.info/220312.html (AZERBAIJANI)

Azerbaijan/USA: Graduate of US Law School Arrested in Azerbaijan

June 7, 2018

FILE - Central Baku, Azerbaijan

An international student who earned his law degree in the U.S. was arrested and driven away by plainclothesmen after he returned to Azerbaijan, provoking outrage among civil society activists.

Hours after Emin Aslanov was detained in downtown Baku on Monday, he reappeared at the Narimanov district court and was sentenced to 30 days in jail on charges of “disobeying the police,” witnesses said.

Civil society activists quickly condemned the Azerbaijani government, saying the arrest was politically motivated.

In a public appeal, dozens of activists called for Aslanov’s immediate release.

“We know Emin Aslanov as a professional lawyer and as one of the most distinguished young persons,” activists said in a statement. “We can confidently state that he has not committed any crime.”

The Azerbaijani government has not issued any statement on the arrest or responded to the condemnation.





https://es.globalvoices.org/2018/06/08/libertad-en-el-extranjero-temor-en-casa-detienen-a-abogado-azerbaiyano-de-derechos-humanos-durante-30-dias/ (ESPANOL)

Azerbaijan/USA: Azerbaijani human rights lawyer Emin Aslan jailed for 30 days

June 6, 2018

Azerbaijan’s Narimanov District Court has sentenced human rights lawyer Emin Aslan to 30 days administrative detention for ‘disobeying police’. The pretext for police to approach and detain Aslan remain unknown.

Aslan has for years worked to protect human rights in Azerbaijan, litigating a number of cases of alleged human rights abuses of Azerbaijani citizens at the European Court of Human Rights, and working for two Tbilisi-based rights groups.

According to a Facebook post by Azerbaijani journalist Arzu Geybullayeva, a friend of Aslan’s, ‘he was previously accused of tax evasion at the time of his work with some of the NGOs in Azerbaijan, [but] he has paid all his dues and has no history of criminal record’.

Meydan TV reported that his lawyer Elchin Sadigov was not admitted to the court hearing. Following his apparent disappearance on Monday, the Stockholm based Civil Rights Defenders called on the Azerbaijani government to immediately release him, while South Caucasus Director of Human Rights Watch Giorgi Gogia criticised Baku for holding him incommunicado.

According to the head of the Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDS), Anar Mammadli, Aslan was detained on 4 June by plain-clothed police officers. Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova claimed that after international attention, ‘police found no better solution than to take him to the court for ‘resistance to police’ charges’.

Local human rights advocates identified the owner of the car by which Aslan was taken away as that of Mehman Teymurov, a member of the police’s Anti-Organised Crime Unit and an ‘operative in a number of political cases’.





https://www.amerikaninsesi.org/a/emin-istedad%C4%B1-il%C9%99-n%C9%99z%C9%99r%C9%99-%C3%A7arp%C4%B1rd%C4%B1-/4425878.html (AZERBAIJANI)

Azerbaijan/USA: Freedom abroad, fear at home: Azerbaijani human rights lawyer detained for 30 days

June 5, 2018

For Emin Aslan, going back to his native Azerbaijan after completing his studies in the US meant seeing his friends, and marrying his fiancée.

As a human rights lawyer, he worried that he might be detained once in Azerbaijan. Prior to leaving the country, he had worked with local non-government organizations and had prepared multiple complaints brought before the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of Azerbaijani citizens.

But after answering a few questions from authorities, he crossed the border and passed through customs. There was less to fear. Or so he thought.

Then everything changed. For me, it began with a message on my phone’s screen: “Emin Aslan detained”. It took me a minute to process this news about my friend. I had just spoken with Emin’s fiancée two days before and we had made plans to see one another in the coming months. How could it be? The news started circulating online just a few minutes later.

For more than twelve hours, Emin Aslan’s whereabouts were unknown. Family members called one police station after another, only to be told that police did not know where Emin was being held. But as his friends and allies began to put the pieces together, the answer became clear.



http://hurriyyet.org/xeber/huquqsunas_emin_aslan_30_sutka_hebs_edildi_-_yenilnib (AZERBAIJANI)

http://enter.news/az/news/society/146930/absh-da-huquq-fakultesinin-mezunu-olan-emin-aslan-bakida-30-sutka-hebs-edilib-yenilenib#.WxcyXkiFPIU (AZERBAIJANI)

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https://criminalaz.com/emin-aslan-30-sutka-ceza-aldi/ (AZERBAIJANI)

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https://www.azadliq.org/a/emin-aslan/29273620.html (AZERBAIJANI)

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http://www.idhae.org/OBSAV-fr-wewsaze180604.htm (FRANCAIS)